Sea Bed Permits
How difficult is it to attain a sea bed permit? I understand the DNR is limiting permits and they are hard to get, any info. We are buying a boat and don't know if we are going to put her in charter or just keep her on a ball.
St Thomas, pretty much anywhere I can get one. How safe is it to leave a boat unattended? We will have someone start the engines and air out the boat. We would like to spend a month in the summer and a month in the winter aboard. We have weighed the options of charter and have not decided as of yet. My son is attending UVI so Brewer's bay might be an option. If I can get a permit, I was quoted $1500-$2000 to have a mooring ball installed.
Most boat insurance requires the boat to be on the hard during huricane season. Many people own boats in STT who do not live there full time. We have talked to people on island who watch boats for a living. A slip would be in the $500 a month area, which brings us back to chartering maybe CYOA or in BVI.
Generally three 5'-6' sand screws in a triangle with chain up to a swivel with line up through your ball, with a pickup line, or two, or a pickup buoy. Certainly concrete blocks won't work, sometimes heavy anchors are used but you need the scope and cantenary to make that work and you generally don't have that kind of space, the old mushroom anchors are used sometimes but the most common tackle is the sand screw.
I have researched the mooring ball situation and you must do it in person. You have to obtain what areas are available and present GPS coordinates to DPNR and this does not assure you of a spot. The cost is only $250 a year fro the seabed permit and about $2000 for a mooing ball. Hope this helps, best if you callDPNR.
Can I assume DPNR told you what areas are available?
I also found this link quite interesting.
It shows many anchoring locations for all 4 of the USVI.
I drop you a pvt mssg here too.
Best Friend: I suspect you are not on island. DPNR is not going to tell you where you can apply, but they will tell you where you cannot. There are no permits being allowed for many of those designated mooring areas at this time. There is a group working toward a mooring plan for the St James Marine Reserve, which includes: the Lagoon, Secret Harbour, Cowpet Bay, Christmas Cove. Space is very limited in many of the other mooring fields. You will really need to talk with someone from DPNR. Right now, it is very difficult to find a place to keep a boat.
Once again thanks for the input you've been helpful previously for me too.
Do you know if I am correct in assuming that dropping anchor in the designated areas from that web link I just posted will be fine in the interim?
I'll give them a call and see if I can at least get on a list for these new locations.
I'm guessing progress there is as slow as it is everywhere else and this mooring plan may be months or years in the making?